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Who is 5Boro NYC
Born in New York in 1996, 5Boro NYC is the brainchild of both Steve Rodriguez and Mark Nardelli. The name comes from the five boroughs of New York, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.... Read More
Who is 5Boro NYC
Born in New York in 1996, 5Boro NYC is the brainchild of both Steve Rodriguez and Mark Nardelli. The name comes from the five boroughs of New York, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The brand prioritises authenticity and simplicity in all their lines which they’ve kept to over their 20-year establishment. Forming a Skateboard company not based on the west coast in the mid-’90s was no small task. Both Steve and Mark had their work cut out. In the mid 90’s RB Umali came out with the first Eastern Standard Time video’s lighting a metaphorical fire under the East Coast scene which these lads jumped on and have capitalised with.
5Boro skateboard decks are formed in the traditional way, 7-ply and epoxy resin, and shape. Their decks are formed in popsicle shape and vary in length dependant on width. From 7.75” to 8.5” and from 31.5” to 32” in length. A popular Cruiser shape regularly appears in the drops and comes in 2 sizes. Large 8” and Small 7.6”. Without specifying the concave of the deck leaves us to believe a medium concave is consistent across the board.
Throughout the years they have released some iconic graphic series’ teaming up with local artists with artistic direction led by Nardelli. Below we’ve included some of our favourite past series’ that may come around again.
The VHS series pays homage to the Video Home System (VHS). 5Boro NYC established in 1996 which was the era of VHS skate videos. This series is dedicated to the blank VHS tapes were used for sponsor me tapes and were also used to create unlicensed copies of our favourite skate videos.
Brendan Lee 5 Bit Series
This artistic collaboration with Brendan Lee gave birth to one of the finest 5-bit graphic series to be featured on a skateboard deck. Personally, we feel the decks have a slightly traditional tattoo feel along with the 5-bit animation. each deck features a team pro apart from the final one in the series which features all 5 boroughs. Commemorating their birth year in 1996 on each deck makes these ones for the wall.
Smith Street Tattoo Parlour Pin-Ups
Teaming up with Brooklyn’s Smith Street Tattoo Parlour has brought us the Pin-up Series from 5Boro NYC. The artists involved in the series are all from Smith Street’s Tattoo Parlour Bert Krak, Steve Boltz, Eli Quintero’s and Daniel Santoro. The 6 decks in this series follow the Typical naming format gives us a Ms Brooklyn, Ms Bronx, Ms Manhattan and Ms Queens. The Sixth Deck Ms Join or Die is titled after the feature video Join or Die (LINK). Each Pin-Up is wearing a bikini or swimsuit to celebrate the City’s beach skate scene. The Proceeds from the decks went towards constructing a new obstacle at the Rockaway Skateboard sadly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
The 5Boro NYC Team
Skating in New York takes a special kind of skater. Surrounded by Tourists with Cold Winters, Busy Streets, rough ground and police looking to spoil every session possible. This makes the 5Boro NYC team stand out from the rest. Just take a look at “Join or Die” “New York New York” or “5BNY” and you’ll see the hard-hitting, ground shaking street skating we’re talking about. With skaters such as Silverster Eduardo, Akira Ishizawa, Jordan Trahan, Danny Falla and Joe Tookmanian filling the roster it's no wonder they put out rad street parts sure to make you want to hit the streets moments after watching them.